"Legend" - Frank Miller, John Byrne, Geof Darrow, Mike Mignola & Art Adams in Mike Richardson’s office, at Dark Horse, in Portland, Oregon, circa 1992.
As Jo Duffy once so aptly put it, “It didn’t take long for Legend to become Myth.”
Legend was inspired by Image, when Image was an imprint under Malibu. “What a great idea!” we thought. “Let’s do the same — only do it right.” By “right”, we meant no soliciting of books that never happened, no late books, no gimmicks, nothing, in fact, but comic books. And we had some of the finest talents then working in the business ready to produce those comic books.
Contrary to the moronic droolings of at least one of the louder whiners of the fan press, Legend did not refer to those of us who founded it. That would have been Legends, with an S, and that was not what we were claiming about ourselves. Instead, being the anti-Image, we cast about for something that would say “Here there be stories!” and Legend is what came up. (As I recall, Frank Miller and I came up with the name independently, but almost simultaneously.)
Then reality set in. First we discovered some of the guys — one in particular — could not produce even the small amount of work promised. Then what might be politely deemed “other considerations” began to creep in (“Let’s do a Legend card set! And let’s include people who have only just joined but don’t have any work out yet — that won’t really be the same as promoting projects that don’t exist… “)
Frank was the first to declare he would no longer use the Legend totem om his books. I followed his lead. And then I was thoroughly castigated online, by people who rather dramatically missed the point, when I did not use the emblem on WONDER WOMAN!
Ah, well ———